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November 15, 2018

Bandari target youth as they ramp up pre-season training

Bandari’s Dan Oteo vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Calvin Odongo during a past KPL match / OLIVER MORGAN
Bandari’s Dan Oteo vies for the ball with Posta Rangers’ Calvin Odongo during a past KPL match / OLIVER MORGAN
As he plots an improvement on the second place finish he managed in the 2018 Sportpesa Premier League, Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala has released an initial list of 20 players selected during the four-day trials at the Serani Sports ground last week.
Mwalala said the 20 will battle it out for a place in the senior team upon completion of their Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
“We’ve compiled a list of 20 players who we are to recall for further training and a chance to fight for selection in the senior team. Those, who won’t fit in the senior side will be fused in the Bandari youth team,” Mwalala said on the club official site.
Out of the 20, 17 are from the coastal counties. Six are from Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi have five players each with one coming from Tana River. The other players are from Nairobi and Nandi. Players selected from Kwale are Omar Swaleh, Mwinyi Juma, Omar Mussa, Athman Bori, Sedrick Asman and Amin Mwachozi.
Abdulmajid Hussein, Dennis Katama, Hussein Rashid, Boniface Safari and Sadiki Hamisi are from Kilifi while Mombasa has Moses Dida, Chuma Mohamed, Sammy Mwendwa, Tony Obare and Mohamed Said while Issa Adim is from Tana River while Jackson Ekwam and Samson Otieno are from Nairobi and Cleophus Kirwa from Nandi.
Meanwhile, Mwalala was impressed with the turnout in the first week of pre-season training, where all his players were present. “To get 100 per cent turnout in the first week is encouraging. The players have shown seriousness in their mission to make sure they do better this season,” he said.
He was also happy that Collins Agade and Darius Msagha have recovered from their injuries and have started light training.“In a few days’ time, these two players will be ready,” he said. The dockers open their 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League season with a home match against champions Gor Mahia on December 8.
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